Posts Tagged ‘Off The Hook’

Charley says WEEK! 2010.26

July 6, 2010

Things have been a little crazy here, so what better way to get this site back into swing than with Katerine Avgoustakis making a great song even more amazing?

The Charley says POP! favourite joined French singer Grégoire Boissenot on stage at the Greek MAD Awards for a special Greek and French (Grench? Freek?) version of his hit ‘Toi + Moi’.

Grégoire is an artist who got to release music through My Major Company, a website which lets fans invest in the making of their favourite artists’ music. You can compare it to Sellaband, the site through which Dutch singer Hind collected funds for her new CD.

Charley says INTERVIEW! Susanna Kay
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Charley says INTERVIEW! Susanna Kay (Part 2)
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Charley says COVER! I’m In Love
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Charley says ARTIST! Jo Hens
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Charley says SONG! Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten (Johnny Vicious Remix)
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Charley says ARTIST! Linus (Tom Olaerts)
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Charley says GUEST BLOG! The Pipettes say POP!
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Charley says INTERVIEW! Susanna Kay (Part 2)

June 28, 2010

 

“People think what I’m doing is a little strange”

Yesterday I posted the first part of my talk with Susanna Kay, the new popstar whose ‘Off The Hook‘ is one of the best pop tunes to come out of The Netherlands this year.

Today we bring you a download for Dutch pop lovers and part two of the Susanna Kay interview where we talked about fashion, what’s next musically and Susanna’s academical research on pop!

Check out the download and part two of the interview, after the jump!

Dutch: Ook voor de originele Nederlandstalige versie van deel twee van het interview en de download kan je doorklikken!

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Charley says WEEK! 2010.25

June 28, 2010

Whatever happened to Spooks, best known for their 2001 hits ‘Things I’ve Seen‘ and ‘Karma Hotel‘?

Well, as it turns out they had another album in 2003, but the group disbanded shortly after former member Water Water died in a car accident. Lead singer Ming-Xia is still putting that unique voice to good use working on solo material. Last year she sang on Jurassic 5 frontman Chali 2na’s ‘4 Be Be’ from his debut album ‘Fish Outta Water’.

Charley says VIDEO! Susanna Kay – Off The Hook
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Charley says LIST! Songs I Heard At Work Today 23/06/2010
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Charley says VIDEO! Dean – Someday
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Charley says SONG! Jim – Jessie
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Charley says SONG! Yasmine – Ik Was Zo Graag Bij Jou Gebleven (Is This What I Get For Loving You?)
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Charley says INTERVIEW! Susanna Kay
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Charley says INTERVIEW! Susanna Kay

June 27, 2010

“P!nk and Katy Perry aren’t rock singers either”

Earlier this week I introduced you to Susanna Kay, my favourite new Dutch popstar.

Her debut single ‘Off The Hook‘ is brilliant pop smoothly produced by DEEKAY, with a great looking video to go with it.

I had a talk with the lovely Susanna where we discussed music, dancing, pop and how P!nk and Katy Perry aren’t rock singers.

Check out the interview, after the jump!

Dutch: Ook voor de originele Nederlandstalige versie van het interview kan je doorklikken!

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Charley says VIDEO! Susanna Kay – Off The Hook

June 22, 2010

You know you’re onto a winner when even the Jiffy bag the CD comes in is glamorous!

Susanna Kay is The Netherlands’ first Glam Pop star. The outfits, the video, the artwork… They all got that little bit of extra attention. Oh, and the music’s pretty damn good as well!

In fact, ‘Off The Hook‘ is such a great pop song that Spanish singer Edurne got her hands on it and released her own interpretation. However, not only was Susanna first, she’s also got the better version. She’s got the voice ánd she has DEEKAY on production duties. This superstar team of producers have done all sorts of brilliant songs for the likes of Paula Abdul, JLS, Sugababes and Charice.

Be sure to check Charley says POP! later this week to read all about the interview I had with the lovely Susanna Kay, The Netherlands’ next big popstar!

For now, here’s her brilliant debut single ‘Off The Hook‘!

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Charley says INTERVIEW! Susanna Kay (Part 2)

Charley says POP! My First Press Releases

May 31, 2010

A little over a month ago I received my very first press release.

While Charley says POP! specialises in Belgian pop, I love finding out about artists from all over the world. Especially if they’re as nice as gorgeous new popstar Marla, but I’ll get back to that later on.

The person sending me this press release was super friendly and what I loved most about it all was the personal approach. The e-mail she sent me wasn’t just a copy/paste job, she started it by telling:

“First of all, I had forgotten all about Milky’s ‘Just the Way You Are’ but I just listened to it and it has transported me right back to the summer when I was 19.  Happy times!  It was a complete blast from the past and very glad to have heard it on your blog!”

So not only did she bother checking out what my blog is about, she browsed further than simply what was the latest post at the time!

In any case, the music would have done the talking regardless. You may remember Marla from the Hollyoaks Music Show. Her debut single ‘Lipstick For The Vampires‘ is out now and while comparisons to a slightly darker Lily Allen would be lazy, it gives you an idea of what Marla is about. Her music is undeniably British, but has that certain groove that would have it being played on an episode of ‘The Hills’. In fact, songs like ’40 Winks’ and ‘Home’, have been featured in the likes of ‘Labor Pains’ and ‘Off The Hook’. Another track to listen out for is ‘One’, which was recently added to Marla’s MySpace profile.

‘Lipstick For The Vampires’ comes with a Ladybugz remix, which I was curious to hear. When there was some sort of delay when it came to that I got to hear the brilliant Prince Vince remix instead. Fresh from remixing Sia’s ‘Clap Your Hands‘, Prince Vince took all the best bits from the song and turned Marla from a sultry Lily Allen into a female Frankmusik. I’ve basically had it on repeat for ages. Brilliant.

Another thing I love about the press releases I’ve been getting over the last few weeks is that it gets me listening to music that I otherwise may not have checked out.

For example, I got sent a copy of ‘We Are…‘ by Cha-Cha. I have to admit it, at first sight I didn’t think I’d enjoy it very much. However, when I gave it a spin I turned out to really like lead single ‘Phonographic Love‘. Which, by the way, has a really cool looking video. Another favourite of the album is ‘Second Chances’. It has lead singer Blain McGuigan singing a song that reminds me of the verses of Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me‘, ending with a guitar bit reminiscent of Luv’s ‘Trojan Horse‘. Which is always a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

So if you’re a popstar, signed or unsigned, if you’re a manager, if you’re a PR company… Whoever you may be, if you’ve got pop you think I’d like, send me an e-mail at charleysayspop[a]hotmail.com!

However, I don’t want to turn this blog into a copy/paste press release kind of affair, so while I can’t promise that I will definitely feature everything I get sent, I can promise that I’ll listen to it all!

I look forward to hearing from you!